Diss Tourism Information Centre move meeting is held

Graham Minshull, leader of Diss Town Council at the public information event

Graham Minshull, leader of Diss Town Council at the public information event - Credit: Archant

The contentious decision to relocate the Diss Tourist Information Centre from the town's landmark Mere is being explained at a public information event today.

Next month the centre on Mere's Mouth will close as part of plans to relocate it to Diss Corn Hall, which is due to open in the spring after a £1.2m refurbishment and improvement project.

This afternoon a public information is being held in the United Reformed Church until 7pm by Diss Town Council, which is about take over the tourism service from South Norfolk Council as part of a funding agreement that secured the £3m Heritage Triangle Project for the town.

People attending heard it would cost the town council £60,000 a year to keep the centre in its current location - a cost of £26 to the average council tax bill.

The Corn Hall relocation, which would see tourism services run by volunteers, would also help to boost 60 independent traders in the Heritage Triangle area.

It was also revealed the town council will take over the Mere's Mouth toilets next year from the district council once they have been refurbished.

Negotiations are also ongoing with shops about selling Mere duck food pellets.

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The town council will run the tourism service from its headquarters from January until the Corn Hall move is complete.